Top 10 do's and don'ts for new truck drivers

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by lil daddy, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. Aligator

    Aligator Light Load Member

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    I never signal that it's OK to come back over. As far as I'm concerned you should be at least 100 yards away before I want you in front of me. Doesn't seem to bother anyone. I routinely have drivers pull back in line when they are 25 feet in front of me and then flash their marker lights, "thank you!"
    I never say anything, though. I just back off the throttle and give them the space.
     
  2. jtilton1963

    jtilton1963 Bobtail Member

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    good post also dont change lanes on a bridge in the winter time dry road or not ice ice you move over and just might keep going. also when your backing if yur not sure get out and look-jt
     
  3. slick50

    slick50 Light Load Member

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    If you don't know; ask.
     
  4. simplmn80

    simplmn80 Bobtail Member

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  5. dstockwell

    dstockwell Light Load Member

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    I would agree with most all, cept maybe that CB thing, I would rather listen to tunes most of the time.
     
  6. Aylalei

    Aylalei Bobtail Member

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    Signaling another truck that she's clear to come back over when she's cleared your nose is a courteous thing to do! Just be SURE they have cleared your nose! I usually wait 'til they turn their turn signal on. In inclimate weather it's even MORE important!!! It's HARD to see sometimes in rain, fog, or at night.
    NOT signaling is a sign, to me, of one of the new school drivers who weren't taught the old road ways. Courtesy on the road includes asking on the CB, if a driver is ok when he's on the side of the road (it also includes NOT using the shoulder of the road to switch drivers, do logs, take a nap...etc).
    Courtesy on the road should be extended to ALL drivers not just those who drive the big rigs.
    Here's the one thing drivers do to ME that annoys me to no end:
    Just because I'm a woman driver doesn't mean my skills are any less than JoeTrucker's. Be courteous to all fellow drivers, and especially to the women driver. It's HARD enough out here for me. I don't NEED some jerk telling me I should be home having babies (raised 3 tyvm) or asking me on a "date". Driving this big rig was one of the BEST choices I've ever made. My girls were 15, 16, and 18 when I left to go on the road. One is now an attorney, one graduates this coming spring with a degree in plant biology, and one will probably be married this year. I SUPPORTED those girls by DRIVING truck when picking up dollars at Applebees didn't pay for the prom dresses and doc martens anymore!
    Be NICE to each other out on that road!!!
    :usa2:
     
  7. MADDOGPI

    MADDOGPI Bobtail Member

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    Great post for us newbies.
     
  8. wild bird

    wild bird Light Load Member

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    really good advice. no one has put it as clearly but it is very good and if the newbes or anyone follows these suggestions it will help them to be a better driver.
     
  9. TJA

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    Glad this thread was brought back towards the top, very good post and much appreciated by us newbies!!:biggrin_25514:
     
  10. IrishMike202

    IrishMike202 <strong>"Ireland-It's My Island"</strong>

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    Thanks for the post. Great info!
     
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